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After 21 years as the founding and exclusive independent school partner of the Bridges program, St. Paul's is proud to support the program's expansion to Gilman School. The official announcement of the new Gilman location will be made at halftime of the St. Paul's vs. Gilman lacrosse game, which faces off at 4:15 on Tuesday, April 8.

Since its founding as summer program for 18 elementary school students from a Title One School in East Baltimore, Bridges has grown significantly, currently supporting the long term success of 160 motivated Baltimore City youth ages 9-18 and engaging an additional 95+ students from the St. Paul's Schools as volunteer after-school tutors and summer class aides.

The program has helped hundreds of East Baltimore students from fourth grade through high school graduation, offering academic enrichment, guidance counseling, individual mentoring, and summer job placement. Additionally, past volunteers from the St. Paul’s Schools consider Bridges to be a pivotal experience in their lives. They have gone on to become social workers, teachers, donors, and have even come back to work at Bridges full-time.

Now, Bridges is set to open a Gilman School location this summer, providing opportunity to 25 rising fourth and fifth grade students and volunteer roles to six Gilman high school students. Not only will Bridges be able to assist more East Baltimore students while engaging Gilman students in service, it will demonstrate that its unique offerings can be replicated at multiple school locations.

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